Constitutional amendment; free exercise of religion (first reference). (HJ593)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); free exercise of religion. Amends current free exercise of religion provisions of the Virginia Constitution to permit prayer and the recognition of religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including public schools in order to secure further the people's right to acknowledge God. The amendment also prohibits (i) the composing of school prayers by the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions, and (ii) requiring persons to join in prayer or other religious activity. The current free exercise of religion provisions of the Virginia Constitution mirror those in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and provide for the free exercise of religion and prohibit compelling persons to participate in religious activity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100023D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2011Assigned P & E sub: #1 Constitutional
01/24/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
01/28/2011Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2011Taken up
02/01/2011Motion to rerefer to committee rejected
02/01/2011Engrossed by House
02/01/2011Agreed to by House (61-Y 33-N 1-A)
02/01/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (61-Y 33-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Reading waived
02/02/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/07/2011Assigned to P&E sub: Constitutional Amendments, Reapportionment, Referenda
02/22/2011Left in Privileges and Elections


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 24 minutes.